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A 15 month “New to Grey” pilot project is aimed at attracting and retaining newcomers to the community.

The county used provincial funding to recruit an outreach coordinator to help grow Grey County’s profile as a welcoming and supportive community.

The outreach coordinator will develop a newcomer network, coordinate events and workshops, as well as create resources and toolkits for newcomers, communities, and employers.

Warden Al Barfoot says one of the biggest challenges businesses in Grey face is finding skilled and qualified workers. He says attracting newcomers to Canada can expand our workforce, grow communities and fill schools.

Jacinda Rudolph started her job as Outreach Coordinator on Monday, October 30.

Rudolph has an Honours BA in International Development Studies and spent six years working for the Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia. For the past two years, Jacinda has served as the Executive Director of LaunchPad Youth Activity and Technology Centre in Hanover. She will remain the executive director part time until end of December to allow for a smooth transition.

“I have always been passionate about working alongside newcomers as they bring innovation and diversity to local communities. We are fortunate in that we already have an established network of dedicated individuals who will compliment this project and propel it forward,” says Rudolph. “Grey County has some exceptional leaders and great potential in creating an attractive and welcoming region for newcomers.”

“Newcomers are a vital and growing part of Ontario`s communities. They contribute to the social, economic and cultural enrichment of our province,” says Laura Albanese, minister of citizenship and immigration. “Grey County is investing in a bright future by supporting programs to help engage, support and integrate newcomers into our province so that they can thrive and excel.”